LAWTON, Okla._The Lawton Farmers Market and Southwest Oklahoma Growers Association will celebrate their 4th annual Tomato Festival on Saturday, July 11, at the Great Plains Coliseum Prairie Building, 920 S. Sheridan Rd., from 7:30 a.m. - noon.
This fun, family friendly morning will feature the Lawton Farmers Market, artisan and craft vendors, food vendors, and two events sponsored by Fit Kids of Southwest Oklahoma, the 1/2-mile Great Tomato Catch Up Race and a 5K Trail Run for ages 10 and over. The cost for the trail run is $20 and participants may register in advance at https://active.com or visit Fit Kids of SWOK on Facebook for more information. The 5K trail run will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the fun run will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Other fun activities at the Lawton Farmers Market Tomato Festival include the annual Tomato Contest. Categories for this year's competition include Best Tasting, Best in Show and Ugliest Tomato with cash prizes for each category.
A new event this year is the Salsa Showdown sponsored by Comanche County Memorial Hospital. The age categories for this event are 17 and under and 18 and over. There will be first, second and third place cash prizes awarded in each category and participants are asked to bring at least 12 ounces of salsa for tasting.
The deadline for all contest entries is 9:00 a.m. and judging will begin at 9:30 a.m. The announcement of the winners, and the awards ceremony, will take place at 10:00 a.m.
Also participating in the Tomato Festival, the Comanche County OSU Extension Office will have their smoothie bike at the event. There will also be food truck vendors, including Dry Beaver Food Truck and Salas.
According to Dr. Ed Legako, president of the SWOK Growers Association, "The Tomato Festival is just a fun way to involve the community in an event that promotes healthy eating and living. People need to come out, bring their families and taste what our market has to offer."